Happy Mother's Day to all my amazing moms out there! Let's be honest, momming is REALLY stinking hard. I'm a mom of three and struggle on a daily basis. I say it all the time, and she will tell you too, but my first born was the best baby. THE BEST. I was young when I had her, so someone was obviously looking out for me. None of my friends had children yet, and my mom hadn't had a baby in 15 years. Things just happened, I assumed they were normal, and just rolled with it. So did she. She slept anywhere, and she took a bottle or nursed like a champ. I read a total of two books while pregnant, the What to expect series, What to Expect When you're Expecting and What to Expect the First Year. I didn't really have the internet to turn to. The internet was not filled with all the wonderful information that it is now. That's major sarcasm y'all. I didn't track when and how much she ate on an app because those didn't exist. It was a blessing really. Us moms now are put under too much pressure. There's TOO much information out there.
My third child has been a challenge to say the least. I thought I came into this a pro. I've done it twice already, so there would be no need to read up on how to do this mom thing. WRONG! She wouldn't take a paci or a bottle and doesn't know how to sleep! She made me question all of my momming abilities that I had learned over 13 years. I have never felt so clueless and exhausted as I have this year. It was 10 months before she let me sleep more than a couple hours at a time. Too many times I've started on an internet black hole of information reading up on how to sleep train, get her to take a bottle, or baby-led weaning. I end up just getting horribly overwhelmed with all the Pinterest perfect moms. Good for you! You sleep trained your perfect little mini-you by 8 weeks and got your body back too.
Here's my best advice, stay off the internet! You are awesome already! Just do you. If you do have to go down that blackhole, just take it all with a grain of salt. A huge freaking grain of salt. Whatever your child does, it's normal. Whatever you decide to do about it, it's ok. You're doing your best. We are all doing our own thing, and it's ok. We are all awesome. We are moms and we can do it all! Happy Mother's Day!